If your New Year resolution has anything to do with fitness, weight loss and a promise to start working out, then you have a new tool to help you called Fittr that’s launching right in time on Jan 1, 2014.Fittr is an online tool that creates personalized workouts based on the information you provide, such as workout style, goal and the kind of equipment you have.
For instance, if you want to lose weight, you sign up with Fittr and tell the application whether you are working out at home or going to a gym, and what kind of equipment you are using (or plan to use). You fill in your preferred form of workouts (running, biking, using an elliptical, etc.).
User’s goal will dictate how hard or easy the workout will be
Once Iris (we’ll introduce you shortly) has all the personal information required for creating a customized workout, you’ll be asked how much weight you want to lose and you’ll get a rough timeline based on the chosen workout and healthy industry standards.
Fittr has created different processes for weight loss, getting cut, getting bigger and stringer, etc. Within each set, there are countless possibilities because each exercise can be matched with more than 50 variables and over 60 rep and set combinations. Not to mention the fact that the user’s goal dictates how hard or easy the personalized workout will turn out to be.
Obviously, this is not just a simple matter of listing options a user can pick from. The personalization needs a human trainer, or a very smart computer. This is where Iris comes into the picture.
Iris is a GPU super-computing cluster and learns from user input instead of having to be programmed to respond.
Neurocortical simulation incorporated into this super fitness app
Fittr co-founder and CEO Tyler Perkins told us that “the neurocortical technology which iris is built on is a large-scale-biological-differential-equation-super-computing-simulation of the human cortex.”
In layman’s terms, what this neurocortical simulation means is that Iris has been taught base-line knowledge of how to come up with workout plans for all fitness goals, and takes these teachings and compares them to real-world results for people in a certain demographic.
This helps Iris make decisions about what workout plans to offer. Put simply, Iris picks out what other people in the same demographic did to reach the goal in question, and uses this data to come up with a custom workout plan for each person’s goal.
The human brain behind all this is co-founder Seo Townsend, who came up the idea and is Fittr’s developer and database manager. The third co-founder is Tyler’s brother Nolan Perkins, who is the designer and product manager.
Mobile site to keep track of your progress
A mobile site they are working on now will keep track of progress as you complete each exercise, and show you how you stack up against others in the same age group and your own past performance. If you’re lazy and don’t follow the schedule, there is a motivational social integration component that will give you a kick in the pants by automatically posting on your Facebook page something like “John Smith was lazy and skipped his scheduled workout today.”
Fittr is located in Tampa, Florida and currently in closed beta, with a planned launch on Jan 1, 2014. How well they do depends on the results, obviously. But the usability factor is definitely going to be plus.
You can sign up with a couple of clicks using your computer or smartphone, and you could have a personalized workout matching your requirements within half a minute. If you don’t like what you’re seeing, you can just hit swap and the exercise will be replaced with another one for the same muscle group.
In the months to follow, they plan to release smartphone Fittr apps for the iPhone and for Android devices. They’re also working on partnerships with activity tracking devices like wristbands and watches, and with food intake tracking apps. Coupled with Fittr’s data and personalized information about body weight, heart rates and blood pressure, it could combine everything into a single and comprehensive visual display that tells you everything you need to know.
They’re also planning to add a voice coach and exercise music, so that members are able to listen to music while they exercise. Timers set for customized workouts would interrupt the music with audio reminders to make changes or start a new exercise.